Friday, 7 November 2014

Book Blitz: Illusion by S.M. Boyce - Excerpt + Giveaway

Illusion (The Grimoire Saga, #4)

Illusion (The Grimoire Saga #4) by S.M. Boyce
YA Fantasy
Published: 4th November 2014

The final chapter in the war for Ourea ends with blood.

Kara Magari is an icon. A hero. The people love her. The royalty tolerates her. She has everything—an army, allies, and a close circle of chosen family. They believe she will end the war, and they shouldn’t. She’s as scared as they are. She just can’t show it.

The war she accidentally started ends with a final battle that will either save or enslave her people. She will do anything to win—until she learns the cost of victory.

Braeden Drakonin is afraid of what he’ll become when he takes over his father’s kingdom—that much authority can change a man. But his father has already tried to kill him more than once, and it’s time to end his reign. Braeden’s armies are ready. His strategy is foolproof. His generals are waiting for the order to attack. It’s only in the final seconds before the battle begins that he realizes he missed one crucial detail—the traitor.

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Stone rang the bell again, and again, and again. One by one, men and women filed their way into the arena seats until Stone’s ringing went unanswered for a good ten minutes. About half the seats were filled, all faces covered with frowns and scowls. Regret burned along

Kara’s arms as she realized she stood in the center of the arena for all to see. She resisted the impulse to hurry to Stone’s side—she had to look strong, not like a lost kitten.

Kara did, however, allow herself to shudder—these were folks who would’ve made her cross the street in her human life to avoid sharing a sidewalk with them. Some hunched in their seats, eyeing her with sneers she didn’t want to interpret. Others examined her with calculating glances, as if sizing her up as a meal. She clenched her fists and swallowed hard, suddenly regretting her decision to join Stone is this suicide mission to recruit the evil isen Niccoli commanded in life.

“What a disappointing turnout,” Stone said.

His voice echoed in the vast room, clear as the bell. Kara took another deep breath.

Stone continued. “You may know me—I am Stone, the only isen to escape Niccoli’s command. I have a present for you, brothers and sisters—one I think you will enjoy.”

Kara stood up straighter.

“This girl has come to challenge your masters for control of you,” Stone finished.

Kara expected gasps, or perhaps laughter. But the silence that followed was worse. Many sneered, and she caught the hiss of a few isen in the front rows sucking in their breath.

She tensed, wishing Stone knew the meaning of tact or subtlety, but it was probably best that he ripped off the bandage. She didn’t have much energy, and she didn’t want to drag this out any longer than necessary.

She clenched her fists.

Let’s do this.

Author Bio - S.M. Boyce

S.M. BoyceS. M. Boyce is a lifelong writer with a knack for finding adventure and magic.

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1 comment:

  1. Kara's got a set of...well you know! I love that she is a wonderfully strong woman!!